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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Corporate epsionage is portrayed as a dirty business, with rival companies routinely undermining each other by using spies to try to steal new ideas.
Positive Role Models
The lead characters are more than willing to do whatever's necessary to make millions of dollars, and CEOs are portrayed as willing to break all kinds of laws (like hiring special departments to break and enter, steal, and possibly kill) in order to give their companies an edge.
Violence & Scariness
Menacing but humorous confrontation between two titans of industry. Slightly disturbing scene of a character who has obviously been sedated and another who's temporarily gagged and blinded. Security team discusses how "to deal" with possible spies in the company.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lot of sexual chemistry and conversation between Ray and Claire. They make love off camera, but the audience does see them kissing in bed on several occasions, and usually both of them have bare shoulders, legs, and backs. Ray walks out of the bathroom in just a towel. Steamy conversation includes asides about "rug burn," "turned on," and "legs in the air."
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Words like "bulls--t," "s--t," "cojones," and "a--hole" are used occasionally. Other potentially offensive expressions include "goddamn," "for Christ's sake," "oh my God," and "swinging d--k."
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Products & Purchases
Most of the products and companies featured are fictional, so there's no overt consumerism in the film.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown enjoying champagne, wine, and cocktails at dinner, a celebration, a bar, and a hotel.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this caper film isn't a tween-friendly romantic comedy. Although it's both romantic and comedic, it's also a cerebral spy thriller with so many twists that even some adults will be confused. And although the main characters are appealing and sympathetic, the truth is that they're ruthless corporate spies. They're often shown right before and after making love (bare-shouldered, and, in Clive Owen's case, bare-chested). They also discuss their sex life with innuendo and jokes about "legs in the air" and such. There isn't much violence aside from a humorous fight between two CEOs, but there's occasional strong language ("bulls--t," "goddamn," "d--k"), and drinking (all by adults). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Roberts (who, as a mother of three, is incredibly picky about her roles now) and Owen is pure genius. They sizzle on both a cerebral and physical level, and their banter is a throwback to 1940s screwball comedies. Joining the irresistible pair are Giamatti and Wilkinson, both of whom are hilariously perfect as titans of industry. Giamatti's character is a charismatic, winner-take-all CEO, while Wilkinson's is a classy, Zen-master leader (he even writes with a fountain pen!).
Gilroy is clearly interested in America as a Corporatocracy. As in his debut film Michael Clayton, Gilroy again explores the evils that powerful companies are capable of -- but this time he also injects a heavy dose of romance and humor to balance out the suspense and drama. The result is an impressively crafted, topsy-turvy romantic thriller/drama/comedy that stars two pros at on-screen chemistry.
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